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A$90,000 Scholarship Winner meets head of ANZ and BHP Billiton


CAASF awards a scholarship worth over A$90,000 each year to a very talented Australian to study for a full time MBA at Cranfield in the UK. Our role this year was to manage the selection process to help the CAASF team pick the winner.

An inaugural scholarship worth $90,000 to undertake an MBA at Cranfield School of Management in the UK has been awarded to Sarah Nicholson, a 28-year-old chemical engineer with BHP Billiton. The award is the highest value scholarship available in Australia for one year of postgraduate study.

Left to right: Chip Goodyear - CEO BHP Billiton, Sarah Nicholson, John McFarlane - CEO ANZ

Sarah Nicholson, who is based at BHP Billiton's Newcastle Technology Centre, is the first recipient of the The Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship, a perpetual scholarship to be awarded each year to an outstanding young Australian.

Sarah was awarded the scholarship at a dinner on 28 May 2007 hosted by John McFarlane, Chief Executive Officer of ANZ and Cranfield Distinguished Alumnus (MBA 1975), and attended by Cranfield School of Management's Director, Professor Michael Osbaldeston, and other faculty.

The scholarship is different from others available to Australians for overseas study in that it is aimed at people with "real life" work experience who want to develop their management and career potential rather than pursue academic research. The scholarship will cover tuition fees for the full time MBA programme and also provide a grant to contribute to living expenses and an "upper Class" airfare to the UK donated by Virgin Atlantic.

In addition to the scholarship, Cranfield School of Management is offering partial scholarships and bursaries to the four other finalists totalling almost $95,000. This reflects both the high quality of the applicants and Cranfield's enthusiasm for attracting more bright young Australians to their MBA course.

The Cranfield MBA - rated 7th in the world amongst one-year MBA programmes by the Financial Times is renowned for integrating personal and leadership development with more general skills for business such as enterprise and innovation.

Sarah Nicholson, winner of the scholarship said: "I am very excited about this opportunity to study at Cranfield and learn from a truly international group of students and teaching staff. In particular, I'm looking forward to developing my leadership and business strategy skills. I feel very honoured to have been chosen for the Inaugural Australian scholarship."

For further information please contact:
Alex Chapman
Tel: 03 9654 0400 M: 0411 519 445

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